Physiology and Biophysics

December 19, 2017

Pavan Ramdya (EPFL): Reverse-engineering Drosophila behavior

December 10, 2020 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Reverse-engineering Drosophila behavior

Pavan Ramdya

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) Director, Neuroengineering Laboratory
Abstract: A shared goal of neuroscience and robotics is to understand how systems can be built to move effectively through the world. However, state-of-the-art algorithms for selecting and executing limbed behaviors in robots are still quite primitive compared with those used by animals. To inform robotic control approaches, we are investigating how the fly, Drosophila melanogaster, controls complex limb movements. I will discuss how we are combining 2-photon imaging of the ventral nerve cord in behaving Drosophila with physics-based simulations and neural network modeling to uncover how flies generate flexible behaviors. Host: John Tuthill Zoom url: